I see a lot of very sad things working at an emergency vet clinic. It's just a part of the job. But I’ve managed to stifle my tears and carry on in the face of dead and dying animals and their mourning owners. That is….until recently. Earlier this week presented a case that struck a cord with me in a way that required I go spend a little time by myself because I couldn’t help but cry. A puppy came in that was very sick. It was in and out of the clinic for a couple days before it came back one last time in such a state that the kindest thing to do was humanely euthanize. And while the puppy was in a physically terrible state, the real problem was that the owners didn’t have enough money to pay for the treatment needed to help the puppy get better.
little puppy is not the first animal that I’ve seen put to sleep
because the owners didn’t have money to pay for treatment. Surgeries can
cost thousands of dollars, x-rays alone can cost hundreds. And while
the doctors at the emergency clinic try to work with and help out those
for whom money is an issue, there is only so much we can do while still
staying in business. It breaks my heart to see animals for which the
only financially viable option is humane euthanasia. Watching this
happen to a puppy, which had barely begun to live its life, was very
hard for me. All I could think was, life is just so unfair sometimes.
And so I’d like to talk a little bit about Pet Insurance. Many people
don’t know such a thing exits, but it does and there are many companies
from which you can purchase policies.
When I first got Leopold, I
knew that I could afford food, training classes, routine vet visits, and
other doggy supplies. However, the idea of a trip to the emergency room
scared me. Emergency bills add up quickly, something I know now more
than ever as an employee at a vet emergency clinic. And while emergency
vet bills do not always reach the thousands, they can—especially if
surgery is needed. So to help ease my mind, I looked into and purchased a
pet insurance plan for Leopold. It was incredibly affordable (less than
$200 a year) and would provide up to $12,000 in treatment for an
emergency situation. The premium goes up a little ever year because
Leopold’s chances of needing emergency care for illness or injury
increase as he gets older. However, it’s still affordable. And while
Leopold has not yet needed to visit the emergency room, it’s nice to
know that I’d be able to pay the bill if I had to.
If you’re interested in finding and purchasing a plan, here’s a website I found helpful: http://www.petinsurancereview.com/dog.asp
myself, got a policy with PetPlan, which is one of the higher
user-ranked, but still affordable companies. The plan I got was good for
emergency situations. But there are many companies that have many
different plan options. There are even companies that offer plans, for a
higher premium of course, that help pay for routine vet visits and
I recommend pet insurance to anyone who doesn’t have
thousands of dollars that they could potentially drop on treatment for
their animal. Paying a little bit now sure beats having to euthanize
your fury little friend because you can’t pay for treatment when bad
luck stumbles their way.
Monday, May 14, 2012
Pet insurance. It exists! And can be a life saver for pet owners who can't afford emergency vet bills on their own.
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